In 1993, some Togolese living outside of their native land, initiated the creation of a Network to mobilize compatriots of the Diaspora and support the internal democratic movement in its struggle to bring forth democracy and a lawful state in Togo.
This idea made its way and was favourably accepted by many associations in the Togolese Diaspora.
The Canadian Togolese Community (CTC) then took the initiative to organize an international seminar from which sprung the beginning of the Network of the Togolese Diaspora. To do this, it created a committee CTC-Network to take care of this project.
In November 1994, the committee presents a plan of action to the Central Executive Office of the CTC. The same month, an informative letter on the idea of the Network was sent to the associations of the Togolese Diaspora in the Antilles, England, Germany, Belgium, the Ivory Coast, Benin, Burkino Faso, the United States of America, France, Switzerland and Canada.
As of January 1995, positive responses were received from all corners of the world. An orientation text and a program of an international seminar on Togo from which would be created the Network, were sent to associations of the Togolese Diaspora.
In March, 1995, begins the operations for the seminar with work sessions conducted with the associations.
In April, 1995, the Central Executive Office of the CTC convokes a meeting to establish different committees for the organization of the seminar.
On May 22nd, 1995, the first delegations of the Diaspora’s associations arrive.
From May 26th to 28th groups work on the theme: Democracy, the state of Rights and Development, Perspectives on the Future of Togo, in preparation for the International Seminar on Togo.
On May 28th, 1995, the seminar begins with the discussions of the work groups which creates the Togolese Diaspora for the Democracy (DIASTODE), an external group dedicated to the promotion and defense of democracy in Togo.
2. JUSTIFICATION OF THE CREATION OF THE DIASTODE
The history of a country is continuously made and written every day. In the paraphrased words of Frantz Fanon “Every generation must, with relatively clear vision, discover its mission and either fulfill or betray it.”
After enormous sacrifices made by the Togolese people, it is time to analyze the situation in order to see how the Diaspora could contribute to the future of Togo, democratically, economically, socially and culturally.
Most Togolese around the world share their belief in democratic principles. This was demonstrated by the moral, political and financial contribution that the Togolese Diaspora brought to the Togolese people during the difficult process of democratization in the beginning of the 1990s.
It is necessary to support the democratic ardor amongst the Togolese abroad but, equally important, to better use their diverse talents, the solidarity by which they benefited in their host country to reinforce the internal plan, the fight for democracy in Togo.
To do this, it is necessary to work at a more structured level to mobilize Togolese around the world through a Network including diverse regional associations in Africa, Europe, North America and the world.
3. DECLARATION OF THE FOUNDING OF THE DIASTODE
The 28th of May, 1995, we, the Associations of the Togolese Diaspora dispersed to the four corners of the world, reunite in a General Assembly coinciding with the International Seminar on Togo in Hull, Quebec, Canada.
– Considering that we are in the era of the global village
– Considering that the Togolese Diaspora, dispersed in diverse countries around the world and regrouped in Associations in hosting countries, can and must work for the political, economical, social and cultural development of Togo.
– Considering that the solidarity and the concentration between the Diaspora’s associations contributes to inform and affect public opinion in the hosting countries on questions concerning human rights, the advent of a lawful state and democracy in Togo;
have decided freely to create a Network called: The Network of the Togolese Diaspora for the Democracy (DIASTODE)
of which the ideals are:
– to reunite associations of goodwill, adhering and sharing the fundamental philosophy and objectives of the DIASTODE without distinction:
– to promote solidarity amongst the Togolese Community abroad
– to promote cooperation between the Togolese Community, the African Community and the International Community
The present declaration constitutes the essential preamble of the statutes of the DIASTODE.
Hull, May 28th, 1995
Permanent Secretary of the DIASTODE
c/o The Canadian Togolese Community
Central Executive Bureau
P.O. Box 79060, Hull, Qc (Canada)
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Site web: www.diastode.org
– Canadian Togolese Community (CTC)
– Association Togolaise de Normandie (ATN) (France)
– Collectif des Togolais Vivant aux Antilles-Guyane (CTVAG)
– Union des Ressortissants Togolais en Allemagne (URTA)
– Togo’s Haus (Germany)
– Association des Togolais en Berlin-Brandenburg (ATBB) (Germany)
– Action Commune pour le Togo (ACT) (France)
– Promotion Afrique (France)
– Collectif Solidarité Togo à Bruxelles (Belgium)